The second phase of Covid-19 is spreading fast in the Visakhapatnam district. As many as 55 students of Andhra University Engineering College living in hostels tested positive on Friday prompting the university authorities to reschedule the examinations and conduct online classes.
According to medical and health officials, Covid tests were conducted for over 800 students and they got results of 350 samples and of which 55 tested positive. The test reports of 500 students are expected in a day or two. District Medical and Health Officer Dr. P Suryanarayana told Hello Vizag that all engineering students, who tested positive are asymptomatic.”They are kept in isolation in a hostel.”
AU Registrar V Krishna Mohan, in a circular issued on Friday night, stated that all the remaining examinations of BE, BTech and BPharmacy of AU campus and its affiliated colleges scheduled to be held from Saturday, have been scheduled. The revised dates will be hosted on the AU website and students can visit www.andhrauniversity.edu.in.
In another circular, the Registrar said in view of the prevailing situation in the AU Engineering College Main Campus (North Campus) and as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus to the South Campus, all the class work in AU College of Arts and Commerce, AU College of Science and Technology, Dr. BR Ambedkar College of Law, IASE and AU College of Pharmaceutical Sciences will be held online instead of offline with immediate effect. Directing all the college principals to shift to online mode of teaching, the Registrar said teaching and non-teaching staff and students should strictly adhere to Covid-19 protocol on the campus.
Meanwhile, the surge in Covid cases continued in the district. As many as 170 new infections were reported on Friday against 98 cases on Thursday. Over 350 cases were recorded in just three days. One fatality was reported in the district for the fourth consecutive day. The number of active cases in the district crossed the 600-mark.
District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) Suryanarayana said 90 percent of the cases reported recently are asymptomatic. As the spike in cases may be due to the second wave, people should strictly adhere to Covid Appropriate Behaviour. “Our primary focus is testing, tracing and treatment to contain the spread of Covid,” the officials said.